The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.
So next time you hear someone declare they’re entitled to their opinion, ask them why they think that.
Question is, will we put what we learn to use, as old habits die hard.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
I'm leery, this will probably tick even more people off, which I have already seen seeding subjects about ourselves and our surroundings.
Believe me when I say this, it is not my intention to tick people off, not to deliver moralities of how people should act etc, only to open minds, maybe just a little? Saying, "Hey, do you remember this?"
We can’t please all the people, all the time, but must we remind them of histories failures and successes, our rights and wrongs and what leads us there?
Hopefully, those who would ignore and not read any of these seeds, due to the author etc, will still try. It’s hopeful people will always want to learn more about why we do the things we do.
Heck I’m only thinking of our inner selves trying to make sense of what we are doing. Sharing insight. Is this so wrong?
I'm not self-centered, I just speak with conviction.
Anyone got an interesting career for a "thinker" and "doer" like this?